(Closed) Open Bar Question

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: Should we have an open bar
    Yes, when I go to a wedding, I expect an open bar and would be dissatisfied. : (11 votes)
    13 %
    No, a limited bar of breakfast cocktails, beer and wine is plenty. : (74 votes)
    87 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    What will your guests want?

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Considering it’s brunch, I don’t think it’s necessary to have a full open bar with top-shelf liquor. I can’t see too many people wanting a gin and tonic or a scotch at 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon. I think traditional morning cocktails, like mimosas and bellinis, along with wine/beer would be fine. Even if you go to a high-end resort holiday brunch, they aren’t serving a full open bar. I think the limited bar will be more than fine.

    Post # 6
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    A limited bar, to me, would be ample, because I am not a big drinker and prefer my girly cocktail drinks. Other people may think differently, but for the time of the reception, I think limited bar would be more than enough.

     

    Serving anything is better than not serving at all, serve what is in your budget

     

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    just…bring me something with some alcohol in it. And I left my wallet in the car. For reasons. Please and thank you.

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Limited bar is totally fine!!!

    Post # 10
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    It’s an early reception. Brunch cocktails and beer and wine will be fine. If any guests have complaints, ask them to put their credit card down to open the bar fully.

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @sweet5k:  I’ve never been to a wedding that has an open bar nor do I automatically assume or expect smeone too. If you don’t want to pay for all the top-shelf drinks and some of your guests want them then they can pay for it. I’m doing a cash bar for mine. – Just my opinion.

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @sweet5k:  I was just being silly. To actually be helpful for a change (lol), I think the limited option is perfect for an early wedding. That’s exactly what I would do. And like you, I would have tried to omit the beer and wine as well. Sangrias, Mimosas and spiked coffee for everyone!

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I think the time of day definitely allows for the limited bar – breakfast cocktails sounds great, and your food sounds delicious!

    Post # 14
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    @sweet5k:  only a drunkard would be disappointed by not having an open bar at 11am! 

    Post # 15
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I can’t imagine many people being upset that liquor isn’t available for a morning reception.

    When you say breakfast cocktails, I first think of Bloody Marys. Are those an option? I’ve been to a couple places that have a build your own Blood Mary bar, and they are quite the hit.

    But even so, champagne, beer and wine is plenty for an AM wedding.

    Post # 16
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    Honey bee

    I’d say that the limited cocktails is fine for a brunch. An open bar is pretty hardcore for 11am!

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